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Ivory Coast soldiers mutiny spreads to Abidjan

05:30 Sun Jan 08, 2017


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Report by: BBC News

A mutiny by Ivory Coast soldiers over pay has spread to the commercial capital Abidjan, with soldiers taking over the country’s army headquarters.

They fired in the air as they took control of the base in the city’s Plateau district. The mutiny began on Friday in the central city of Bouake.

It then spread to a number of military camps around the country.

Defence Minister Alain-Richard Donwahi has gone to Bouake to discuss the protesters’ demands.

An MP in the city said the soldiers wanted $8,000 and a house each.

The BBC’s Alex Duval Smith in Ivory Coast says the mutiny brings back memories of Ivory Coast’s 10-year civil war, which ended in 2011.

Some of the mutineers are thought to be former rebels who joined the army after the conflict. The rebels were based in Bouake.



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